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  • Locations: Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Guatemala City
What You Need to Know

The program will expose students to diverse issues of regional urbanism, historical architectural typologies, and their affect on contemporary practice in Central America.  The six-week travel schedule will cover two courses focusing: the first, on the evolution of architeUNIS) being taught by local faculty. SU students will work alongside UNIS students at the local UNIS architecture studios. This collaboration will provide a virtual home base for the summer program. All instruction will be in English. 

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate architecture students are eligible to apply to this program.

Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip flight to Guatemala City . All program-related transportation within Guatemala is  included in the program fee.

Students are housed in shared rooms in  hotels or hostels in Guatemala.  Students are responsible for most of their meals. 

Space in this program is limited. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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ARC 500.1 Multi-Modal Transportation Systems for Guatemala 
ARC 500.2 Tikal to TodayL Central American Typologies

(6 credits Undergraduate or Graduate)
This seminar will expose students to realities of Guatemala's transportation infrastructure and task them with designing specific solutions to counteract its main challenges. Multiple modes of transportation will be discussed, analyzed, and proposed for the city. Urbanfstica, the Municipal Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the Municipal Department of Transportation, will assist the seminar with histories, case studies, city tours, and other valuable resources to support the goals of the course. 

"Tikal to Today: Central American Typologies" 
Three time periods will present a wealth of architectural projects worthy of further study and analysis by architecture students. The cities of Tikal, Antigua, and Guatemala, along with 
other sites of interest across the country, will be the subject of study for this seminar. Each structure and urban system studied will add to the overall understanding of architectural 
typologies endemic to Central America-a unique mix of pre-Columbian, colonial, and post­colonial archetypes. 

SekouCooke        Sekou Cooke
   Sekou is a Jamaican-born architect and educator interested in the overlap between academia and practice. His decision at the      beginning of his career to focus on built works sparked a broadened perspective on the relationship between architecture’s conceptual aspirations and the realities of construction and entrepreneurship. He builds upon that experience within each project he builds and each studio and seminar he teaches—constantly increasing his understanding of materials, new technologies and their role in the built environment.
He holds a B. Arch degree from Cornell University, an M. Arch degree from Harvard University and architecture licenses in New York and California. He has spearheaded a series of key collaborations for competition entries, building proposals and building commissions in both states.
Sekou is also a published columnist, lecturer, and exhibitor, and has played leadership roles in various organizations, including those advocating the expanded presence of minorities in architecture.
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Program Begins June 3, 2018
Program Ends July 1, 2018
Application Deadline  February 10*

*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.

 Tuition  $7,206 (2017 rate)
Program Fee $2,350 (estimated)
Total  $9,556 (estimated)
GRADUATE  (6 credits)
 Tuition  $9,000 (2017 Rate)
 Program Fee $2,350 (estimated)
 Total $11,350 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Airfare: $500-$900
Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $200
Meals: $500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Kelsey Hanbach, admissions counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.